Javascript Frontend communicating with Python Backend

I am trying to pass a transaction signed in the frontend using the js sdk to the backend, which is in Python, but the two objects don’t seem to be compatible and I can’t find the structure of the one for the signed transactions in python.

How should I carry on such a task? I want to send the signed transaction to the backend in order to perform the submission from the backend.


Most objects on the Algorand blockchain are serialized in msgpack (more precisely in a slightly customized version of msgpack which produces canonical encodings and which removes empty fields). You can encode a transaction in msgpack with the JS SDK using: algosdk.encodeObj

You can then decode it with the Python SDK using:

Could you please give me a more guided flow?
I’m asking this because I followed your instructions but it still doesn’t work.

Let’s suppose I have the object in js signedTxn, I encoded it with algosdk.encodeObj as you suggested and I sent it to the backend.
There, I retrieved the data and used algod.encoding.msgpack_decode(enc_signed_tx), and finally:

tx_confirm = acl.send_transaction(signed_tx, headers={‘content-type’: ‘application/x-binary’})

This didn’t work, neither did when I stringified the encoded object before sending or after arrival to the backend.

If you could explain me further or provide an example that I can run from two terminals (one with NodeJs and the other with Python) that would be much appreciated :blush:

Thank you!

Here is an example.

The following JS code creates and signs a transaction, and export it as base64 (this is NodeJS, but you should be able to easily convert it to browser JS if you prefer - for that, you essentially will just need to replace Buffer... and require...):

const algosdk = require('algosdk');

const mnemonic = "gorilla fortune learn marble essay uphold defense hover index effort ice atom figure will improve mom indoor mansion people elder hill material donkey abandon gown";
const key = algosdk.mnemonicToSecretKey(mnemonic);
const firstRound = 7252500;

const txn = { 
    "to": key.addr,
    "fee": 10,
    "amount": 1234,
    "firstRound": firstRound,
    "lastRound": firstRound+1000,
    "genesisID": "testnet-v1.0",
    "genesisHash": "SGO1GKSzyE7IEPItTxCByw9x8FmnrCDexi9/cOUJOiI="

const signedTxn = algosdk.signTransaction(txn,;


and the following Python script decodes the transaction and sends it:

import base64

import algosdk

# transaction bytes encoded in base64, as generated by the JS
tx_base64 = "gqNzaWfEQLtqNoYHwwuh9EHFK/VdVuagfZOhpCtaFuAxo+qSpJDun565bp6YP0rEBK/ev0jLOvPsLJlqHEwHiFAD7Dkl0QejdHhuiaNhbXTNBNKjZmVlzQl+omZ2zgBuqhSjZ2VurHRlc3RuZXQtdjEuMKJnaMQgSGO1GKSzyE7IEPItTxCByw9x8FmnrCDexi9/cOUJOiKibHbOAG6t/KNyY3bEIEB21IF3WO/UrwIfJsmxdRKHHLZcS5p2IsP12fHJWI/Zo3NuZMQgQHbUgXdY79SvAh8mybF1EocctlxLmnYiw/XZ8clYj9mkdHlwZaNwYXk="

tx = algosdk.encoding.msgpack_decode(tx_base64)

algod_token = "your algod token"
algod_address = "http://localhost:8080"

acl = algosdk.algod.AlgodClient(algod_token, algod_address)

txid = acl.send_transaction(tx)

print("Transaction ID: {}".format(txid))

You will need to update the firstRound variable in the JS script to match the current round on TestNet, and then updated the variable tx_base64 in the Python script to be the output of the JS script.


Amazing! Everything’s working fine!
Thank you very much!

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In which way I replace Buffer and require? Thanks. I wanna see a transaction with a php file that use a js script to find the transaction.

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If your JS is executed inside the browser, remove completely the line const algosdk = require('algosdk'); and import algosdk as a script. See

For the buffer, I think you can replace it using btoa, but I have never tried. See

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